Obama Is Ready To Turn Things Over To Clinton

by Alex Gladu

You've heard it before, but I'll say it again: On Thursday, Hillary Clinton became the first female presidential nominee from a major political party when she officially accepted her spot at the top of the Democratic ticket. Clinton addressed the lively crowd at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday, just one night after someone else who knows a thing or two about being at the top of the ticket. President Obama congratulated Clinton on Twitter on Thursday — and he's clearly ready to pass his title off to the first female president.

On Wednesday, Obama made his case for a Clinton presidency when he spoke at the DNC. In his speech, he touted the results his administration has produced for the country, citing unemployment reduction, job creation, and automotive industry growth. He also touted the experience that Clinton would bring to the White House. He spoke about their contentious primary race in 2008 and the experience they had working together in his administration thereafter.

"There has never been a man or a woman more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president of the United States of America," Obama said on Wednesday, joking that not even he or her husband, Bill, could rival Clinton's experience.

On Thursday, Obama commented on Clinton's own speech. Although he had already endorsed her candidacy for the White House, he seemed prepared to give her more than his office. He also wanted to give her six very important characters: @POTUS.

The presidential Twitter account launched last May, when Obama sent his first tweet. It read: "Hello, Twitter! It's Barack. Really! Six years in, they're finally giving me my own account." At the time, the White House reported that tweets from the @POTUS account would come directly from Obama himself, allowing him to engage directly with the public.

Clinton already has a pretty strong social media presence of her own, so taking over the @POTUS handle shouldn't be a problem. On Thursday, Clinton's campaign tweeted a touching image of her watching her daughter, Chelsea, introduce her to the DNC crowd, for instance. Clinton also made headlines last month when she tweeted at Donald Trump, "Delete your account."


If the Democratic duo is elected in November, Clinton's vice presidential pick, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, could also get his own executive Twitter handle. Currently, Vice President Joe Biden tweets from @VP. Biden also spoke in support of the candidates at the DNC, taking the stage on Wednesday, shortly before @POTUS.